A Zion Crossroads resident first accused of making too much noise in his house now also faces charges of smuggling drugs.
James Jackson, 41, was arrested Oct. 2 for transporting more than 1,500 Ecstasy pills into the state. He was stopped by a Louisa County Sheriff’s Office detective after he went to the Mineral post office to pick up an envelope that allegedly contained illicit drugs, according to a search warrant on file at Louisa Circuit Court. The envelope was delivered from an address in Belgium.
A federal Homeland Security agent who intercepted the envelope previously using a separate search warrant found 262 “skull-shaped” Ecstasy pills, also known as MDMA, inside. Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug primarily used for recreational purposes.
Homeland Security and the United States Postal Inspection Service intercepted two other envelopes earlier this year with more than 1,300 Ecstasy pills. One envelope also contained the same drug in the form of a white rock-like substance. These envelopes were addressed to Jackson’s home in the Spring Creek subdivision.
Jackson’s charges in Louisa General District Court include transporting drugs into Virginia, manufacture of a controlled substance, and being a nonviolent felon in possession of a gun and ammunition. At least 250 grams of a controlled substance, two handguns and a semi-automatic magazine loaded with ammunition were found in his house, according to court documents. One of the guns was found in the room of Jackson’s housemate, Robert Wood, Louisa County deputy commonwealth’s attorney, said.
The sheriff’s office also seized several other items from Jackson’s house, including removable data storage devices, Afghan currency and bitcoins that can be used to spend digital currency.
Three months before Jackson’s arrest, a neighbor filed a complaint against him in Louisa district court. The complaint states that Jackson violated the county’s noise ordinance by operating large fans located in his basement windows. The neighbor obtained a noise meter and recorded levels of 70 decibels, well above the 55-decibel nighttime limit in a residential neighborhood.
The houses on Cattail Loop, the street where the noise was reported, are duplexes. About 25 feet separates one structure from the next.
This is a partial article. Read the FULL STORY in The Central Virginian’s Oct. 11, 2018 issue.
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